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New Zealand's Wild Weather

$45.00 NZD

New Zealand's Wild Weather explores the drama of Aotearoa's changeable weather. Are the events we are seeing due to our changing climate?

New Zealand's Wild Weather is a compelling, informative and highly illustrated series of investigations into the different types of weather events that occur in New Zealand. It covers the likes of cyclones, heat waves, snow and drought, recounting gripping eye witness accounts and explaining just what’s going on behind them all.

Popular natural history writer Gerard Hutching has found a range of people affected by diverse weather events over the decades and tells their stories, bringing these events to life - from a dairy farmer and his quad bike being lifted 5 metres into the air by a cyclone then dropped 100 metres away, to the fisheries inspector who survives a lightning strike. The science behind these extreme weather events is explained in simple accessible terms by the scientists from MetService.

And behind it all lies the big question - are these events a result of climate change? Well-known climatologist Professor James Renwick sets the scene of our changing climate and how that interacts with the wild weather that we experience here in Aotearoa.

  • Contents: Weather in a Changing Climate; Understanding the Weather; The Ocean and the Weather; Tropical Cyclones; Rain; Wind; Snow; Drought; Heatwaves; Storm Surge; Thunder and Lightning; Hail; Tornadoes; Fog; Frost.
  • Paperback book
  • 256 pages
  • Published 2 November 2021
  • ISBN: 9780143775102


MetService, Te Ratonga Tirorangi, is New Zealand's national weather authority and designated representative to the World Meteorological Organisation, providing comprehensive weather services, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They help people stay safe and make informed decisions, based on the weather.